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Illinois Lincoln Highway Interpretive Mural - Chicago Heights

137 East 14th Street, Chicago Heights, IL 60411

Public Art

The Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition has produced 35 Interpretive Murals along this National Scenic Byway and its corridor in northern Illinois. These depict the history, heritage and events of the highway and impact on American travel.

Chicago Heights is known as the “Crossroads of the Nation” where the Lincoln and Dixie Highways intersect, making it an important stop on the Lincoln Highway.  This mural is painted from a well known vintage photograph, depicting the McEldowney Bridge where the Lincoln Highway once crossed Thorn Creek in Chicago Heights, with Henry Ostermann. As the Lincoln Highway Association’s first Field Secretary, Ostermann crossed the bridge at least twice-a-year when inspecting the Lincoln Highway across the country. You will notice a unique element of the mural, the three-dimensional classic Lincoln Highway “L” sign in stunning color that sharply contrasts the rest of the work. 

For more information about the Illinois Lincoln Highway and the surrounding area, please visit the Chicago Southland CVB  And be sure to visit for additional information about the other murals along the Illinois Lincoln Highway.

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